Doyou know the benefits of kefir? It is a fermented drink made from milk of goat, sheep or cow. A food that provides probiotics such as Lactobacillus are beneficial for digestion and for strengthening the immune system. In another article of thenakedkitchen.net we talk about the properties of the cherimoya, which today is a dairy product that is fashionable kefir. Where can I buy this mushroom and how to take care of it in house?
Kefir is like yogurt but is slightly more acidic, thick, and its appearance is granular. These particles or granules are those that contain the mixture of bacteria, yeast, and milk proteins. Made by adding to the milk mushroom kefir and leaving it to ferment at room temperature for 24 hours.
- History of kefir
- Main benefits of kefir
- How do you keep the kefir at home?
- How do you keep the kefir at home?
History of kefir
Kefir derives from the Turkish word ‘keyif’ which translates as “feel good“. It originated in the Caucasus mountains of Eastern Europe, between Russia and Georgia. The people who created this product were the ossetians, descendants of nomadic tribes. Apparently the kefir arose accidentally when transporting milk in saddlebags made of leather that at some point they had harbored the fungus kefir. The first bottles of this fermented dairy were sold in Moscow in 1908 , and the large-scale manufacture began decades later in Russia, in 1930.
Main benefits of kefir
Helps the lactose intolerant
Lactose intolerance is not an allergy, rather it is a digestive problems caused by a deficiency of the enzyme lactase. The lactase needed by the body to metabolize the lactose or milk sugar. Those affected by this intolerance tend to stop taking dairy products.
In several studies, kefir has been shown to be well tolerated by people with lactose intolerance. Is surely due to that the kefir is rich in bacteria that help digest lactose. This dairy product might be a healthy alternative in place of the yogurt for people who have problems with lactose intolerance.
Rich in probiotics
Beating the yogurt, the kefir grains contain about 30 strains of beneficial bacteria, some of them are the kefiri Lactobacillus. These lactic acid bacteria, or LAB, has been demonstrated in a study are able to inhibit the growth of some harmful bacteria such as salmonella, e-coli and h-pylori. If we compare kefir to yogurt, kefir has 30 strains of bacteria even more and change the yogurt has between two and seven strains.
Kefir is rich in calcium and also provides vitamin K2, a nutrient that has an important role in the metabolism of calcium. Several studies have shown that supplementation with products rich in vitamin K2 helps to reduce up to 81% the risk of fractures.
Beneficial for digestion
The consumption of kefir has been shown to be useful for various digestive problems. Precisely due to its content in probiotics that help to restore the balance of friendly bacteria in the intestine. Among the ailments bowel to the consumption of this fermented dairy can be beneficial are: infections by H. pylori, irritable bowel syndrome and Crohn’s disease.
Taking kefir is rich in probiotics may also be recommended after a treatment with antibiotics, the probiotics help to restore the intestinal flora which is often altered in the treatments with antibiotics.
Improves the allergies
Asthma and several types of allergies are related to inflammatory problems. Studies in mice have shown that this fermented dairy reduces inflammatory cells that disturb the airways.
Beneficial to reduce cholesterol
The this dairy product contains ‘kefiran’ a polysaccharide associated with blood pressure and cholesterol, (by now in animal studies).
How do you keep the kefir at home?
If we talk about the kefir is already prepared as a version of yogurt, you can find it in many supermarkets, for example in Spain you have it in Mercadona, Carrefour, Alcampo, el Corte Inglés. In stores this product is also easy to locate.
If you are interested in buying the fungus kefir you find in health food stores and also online, for example on Amazon where you have to different prices.
Very well priced, it is not from crops. If you take care of yourself properly you will have a supply for a long time already played (do not have to buy every month). Does not contain gluten and you will come home in 2 or three days.
The shipment includes 10 g of granules of kefir what is necessary for fermentation 250 ml of milk in 24 hours. It is just the ideal amount to start taking kefir. See price on Amazon.
It comes in packets and each one of them, you can make 1 litre of kefir. Contains a mixture of live bacteria as the ”Lactococcus lactis ssp cremoris”, the ”Candida kefyr”, or ”Lactococcus lactis sp lactis”.
Mild flavor produced in specialized laboratories with no additives. View on Amazon.
It is culture live ‘water kefir’. Not only powders but also granules authentic with the greatest wealth of yeast. With these pellets you can prepare your own kefir at home. Includes instruction manual and recipes.
Allows you to create between a liter/500 ml of milk kefir a day. As kefir is playing you can give to your friends or relatives. See product on Amazon.
How do you keep the kefir at home?
If we talk about the kefir is already prepared as if it were yogurt, keeps in the refrigerator and should be consumed in a maximum of 2 or 3 days. If we are referring to the granules of the fungus kefir, there are a few premises that must be met to preserve them properly:
Keep them at an optimal temperature
Between 20-29 degrees is the ideal. More cold is played slowly and more quality too fast.
Away from the light
Cover the bowl with a cloth and kept in a closet or in any place that is not exposed to the light.
The granules of kefir need to be fed with fresh milk of cow or goat need to lactose. You’ll have to feed them every 24 hours with fresh milk, for which they are active. lactose. This type of milk you find in the section refrigerated. If the granules do not receive food will end up dying.
Divided granules of kefir
These granules as they go feeding they are rehydrated and grow. If for some reason your granules of kefir will make it bigger but do not multiply. Divided granules with your fingers, creating smaller ones. If you add every 24 hours milk you will promote their reproduction.
What happens if my granules of kefir do not multiply?
In general, following the above tips the kefir will be multiplied, but keep in mind that it is a living organism and therefore will affect the outdoor conditions. If you have it active for several days and stop feeding will die.
If from the first shipment you follow the instructions for playback without achieving success, it is possible to kefir is already inactive. If you order kefir online seeks to be in trusted shops like Amazon, sellers ensures that if for some reason the kefir is not active (something that can happen) they will send you another package with the new crop.
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